Chris Martins

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  • Lil B Goes Rock California Boy

    Based (Rock) God? Lil B Goes Surf Pop for 'California Boy'

    It's long been evident that Lil B is bigger than hip-hop, so it should come as no surprise that the Based God has blessed rock'n'roll with his presence at last. He's released a brand new song and accompanying video, dubbed "California Boy," and it's a garage surf-pop single that hails from an untitled upcoming rock album.The clip alternates between shots of B jamming with a three-piece and roaming the UC Berkeley campus with a young blonde who could have been the song's inspiration: "Every time I see those light blue eyes/ I start to think about you and I... Yeah, I look kinda strange but it's okay." Because at the end of the day, even the Based God is still "just a California Boy." One who doesn't use Auto Tune, as he proclaimed on Facebook.

  • Bat For Lashes All Your Gold New Song

    Hear Bat For Lashes' Gotye-Channeling 'All Your Gold'

    After making us wait three years to hear her third album, Bat for Lashes now has three new songs from next month's The Haunted Man in circulation. You've heard the dramatic "Laura" and the dreamy "Marilyn." Now it's time to meet "All Your Gold," the poppiest one of the bunch which, as Stereogum noticed as well, seems borrow a little bit of its bounce from Gotye's megahit "Somebody That I Used to Know." The spare electric plucking that opens the track eventually breaks into throbbing dance beat as Natasha Khan sings about wanting to be set free from a claustrophobic relationship with a good man. In fact, it could be a prequel to the hit that launched Kimbra's career. That's not to, ahem, paint Bat for Lashes into a corner — Khan has got her own thing going. See for yourself via the clip below, which pits the songs' ebb and flow against that of the actual ocean.

  • Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley in Greetings From Tim Buckley

    Is the Jeff Buckley Movie Starring Penn Badgley a Rom-Com?

    At long last, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, there's a full trailer for the upcoming Greetings From Tim Buckley, a biopic and (as we can now glean) indie rom-com starring Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley as the titular folk star's troubled singing son, Jeff Buckley. Yes, there's a lot to unpack in that last sentence, but the preview clip itself is pretty cut and dry.Musician living under his famous father's shadow is called upon to perform at a tribute to "the father he never knew." Along the way to "the concert that changed his life," he falls in love with a peppy girl who challenges his introvert tendencies. He eventually, as in real life, plays the hell out of that tribute and winds up with a career for himself, almost overnight. You pretty much get the entire movie in about three and a half minutes.

  • The Killers Werner Herzog American Express Unstaged

    Watch Werner Herzog Grill the Killers About Vegas, Wild Donkeys

    For a credit company, American Express has a shockingly reciprocal relationship with brilliant film folks. They've commissioned ads from Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, they've backed contests for the Tribeca film fest, and via current live-streaming concert series "Unstaged," they've been pairing bands with idiosyncratic directors. Thanks to this, we can now see a thing we never could've imagined: Werner Herzog interviewing the Killers about wild donkeys.Tonight, the Killers play New York's Paradise Theater for "Unstaged," and camera duties will be handled by Herzog, the strange mind behind Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss, and the unfortunately literal Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. In honor of that, the man and the band teamed up for a seven-minute mini-doc which finds them touring the surreal landscapes of Las Vegas.

  • 7,000 fans sued for downloading Lacunca Coil

    7,000 People Being Sued for Sharing Lacuna Coil Songs

    Perhaps inspired by the final verse in the Ballad of Jammie Rasset, in which it was deemed fair to charge a mother of four $222,000 for allegedly sharing 24 songs, record label Century Media is going after more than 7,000 BitTorrent users for downloading and sharing music by pop-oriented metal groups Lacuna Coil and Iced Earth.According to the A.V. Club, the suit was filed by New Jersey lawyer Jay R. McDaniel, who hopes to change infringement precedent by charging groups of violators as collective "swarms" instead of going after individuals. His efforts so far have been thwarted as his actions risk sweeping up BitTorrent users who never traded Century's songs.But McDaniel is hedging. He's got 17 suits filed concurrently, and has plans to charge over 14,000 people when all's said and done. And he's not alone.

  • Jason Collett / Photo by Matt Barnes

    Stream Jason Collett's Folksy, Occupy-Inspired 'Reckon'

    Don't let Jason Collett's soft touch fool you — the Toronto-based Broken Social Scene player is a powerful songwriter with a voice that cuts through whatever murk the week's piled about your head. His seventh album, Reckon, is plenty proof of what this man can do with his pipes, a guitar, and a little help from his friends (BSS's Kevin Drew stops by, as do Zeus, Basia Bulat, and Bahamas). Loss is the dominant theme, but these songs don't sulk — they're still transcendent, even though their politics are informed by the current economy and the love songs are, as Collett has said, "emotive reflections" of that same debt.

  • Watch Baron Von Luxxury's Sci-Fi 'Glass Candy' Video

    Watch Baron Von Luxxury's Sci-Fi 'Glass Candy' Video

    Two days in California's arid and aptly named Death Valley is two days too long, but Baron Von Luxxury isn't the type to take half measures. The Los Angeles-based electro-pop lothario embodies the sort of character that Beck only took an album-length stab at circa Midnight Vultures, and his act, while playful, isn't exactly irreverent. The Baron's new LP The Last Seduction pays tribute to his dear, departed friend Theresa Duncan (she of the Scientology-related "Golden Suicides") and his new single "Glass Candy" is a sincere dedication to the Portland disco revisionists of the same name. We'll let BVL tell it: "I first heard Glass Candy's "I Always Say Yes," one of the very first songs of their (at the time) newly reinvented Italo disco sound, in 2005 on the blog 20jazzfunkgreats.

  • Bon Iver's Justin Vernon fan Northern Exposure tattoo

    Bon Iver Will Pay Fan $299 to Design 'Northern Exposure' Tattoo

    Like any good artist aiming for iconic status, Bon Iver's main man Justin Vernon dabbles in a certain amount of unpredictability. For some that means public brush-ups with drugs, sex and/or guns, but for Bonny Bear, it's more like rap mixtapes, fitness seminars and, now, crowdsourcing tattoo designs inspired by all but forgotten '90s television dramadies. Vernon recently kicked off a contest that'll see one lucky aesthetically minded fan picking up a cool $299 for creating the next image that the baroque folk Grammy guru's going to indelibly ink onto his arm. But lest the entries be all tribal designs, weed leaves and flitting butterflies, he's included some direction.

  • Sweet Valley, 'Eternal Champion'

    Wavves Bro Drops New Sweet Valley Mixtape 'Eternal Champ'

    With his Sweet Valley side project, Wavves main man Nathan Williams is transitioning from King of the Beach to King of the Beats. Last month, he and his brother Kynan dropped their first mixtape, the decidedly modest Dilla-influenced Stay Calm. But a new month brings a new tape, and the duo's just-out Eternal Champ advances the project in a serious way. As Pitchfork points out, the cover art offers a pretty big tell: this one is somewhat inspired by video game music, specifically Nintendo 64's Zelda epic Ocarina of Time. As Williams put it, "The second one took a bit longer because … we had to play to certain levels to get the sounds that we wanted." That said, this ain't no bleep-bloop music. Trap drums abound, along with dubby dreams, chilly textures, shit-talk samples and synth work that sounds cribbed from a Cornelius record. Williams, welcome to boss level.

  • Beck / Photo by Getty Images

    Beck Covers Brazilian Legend Caetano Veloso's 'Michaelangelo Antonioni'

    Los Angeles' most favored musical chameleon Beck has a new album on the way &#8212 well, a new pamphlet &#8212 but in the meantime he's doing that other thing that he does so well. No, not releasing new songs via video game &#8212 covering awesome songs of yore. His latest is a dreamy remake of "Michelangelo Antonioni," a tribute to the Italian film legend of the same name, originally written by Brazilian music legend Caetano Veloso.Beck initially shared the song on Twitter and, according to Pitchfork, it hails from the compilation honoring the Tropicalismo innovator on his 70th birthday. A Tribute to Caetano Veloso is due October 22 in the UK via Universal.

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